The perverse anti-Israel reflex of the international media indicates deep moral rot

Following the terror attack at Shaar Shechem (Damascus Gate) yesterday, in which Hadar Cohen Hy’d was killed, we saw the same old anti-Israel bias in the perverted headlines of some of the international press. Despite the fact that some of these outlets corrected their headlines following complaints from readers, or because of embarrassment due to their being “outed” on social media, the URL (the web address) of these headlines remains, thereby continuing the perversion of their hateful views with every reposting on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s not as if these media outlets can claim ignorance or an innocent mistake as an excuse. This has happened after every single terror attack in which Israelis are targeted. Furthermore, the terrorist becomes the main event in the article, his fate is focused upon while the Israeli victims are barely mentioned and are anyway of secondary importance, and often the Palestinian terrorists are humanised, with their “sad” story of their frustration, their poverty and the occupation taking center stage while the Israelis are often not even named, let alone have their life stories told.

This time the chief culprit is CBS:

They eventually changed their headline after the Israeli Foreign Ministry called it “unparalleled chutzpah”:

“3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” read the CBS headline.  At around 5:30 p.m. Israel time, CBS changed the headline to: “Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said the original headline was “biased and dishonest,” and an example of “unparalleled chutzpa.” He said the ministry, the Government Press Office and the National Information Directorate all worked to get the headline changed.

The new headline, he said, “was not ideal, but better.”

The headline was changed a third time later, reading: “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed.”

The Dutch media are not much better:

(the headline translates as “Israeli police shoot Palestinian dead”. No mention of the Israeli policewomen killed or wounded, or their attempt at a massive terror attack.

Amazingly enough the Guardian got it right with their headline “Israeli police officer killed in attack at entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City”.  However, the URL is problematic and hints at an earlier version which was edited. The URL reads “israeli-police-kill-three-palestinian-men-injured-female-officers”. Do you see how that works?

Even the New York Times got the headline right for a change with “Israeli police officer killed in attack by 3 Palestinians in Jerusalem”.

The Independent hasn’t bothered editing their headline and it remains as an Israel-hit-back-first headline with “Three Palestinians shot dead after shooting and stabbing on Israeli policewomen at Jerusalem Damascus Gate”.

As for the reactions of the Palestinians themselves, the New York Times surprisingly reports on the terrorists’ bragging of their murderous intentions on Facebook:

According to the police, the three assailants on Wednesday were all around 20 or 21 and came from Qabatiya, a village in the northern West Bank. Palestinian news media reports identified them as Ahmad Zakarna, Muhammad Kamil and Ahmad Abu al-Rub.

Mr. Zakarna had made his intentions clear in a Facebook post more than a month ago. “We are writing with his precious blood, and in the name of freedom,” he wrote, referring to a childhood friend from Qabatiya who was fatally shot by Israeli forces in November after he tried to stab a soldier at another West Bank checkpoint, the Israeli military said.

“Your men are coming with gunfire,” Mr. Zakarna wrote in his post. “May you rest in peace in heaven and may God grant us the privilege of becoming martyrs.”

Ali Zakarna, a cousin of Mr. Zakarna and a spokesman for Fatah, the mainstream Palestinian party, in Qabatiya, said the three Palestinian assailants in Wednesday’s attack were good friends of the man who was fatally shot in November. “Our children’s actions are only a reaction to the continuous harsh Israeli occupation,” Mr. Zakarna said. “The shooting and killing of their friend,” he continued, “encouraged these youths to seek revenge against the enem

We should not be surprised since these terrorists receive the moral support from their own leaders, and through a constant diet of incitement against Jews and Israelis in their media. The Elder of Ziyon quickly found this Fatah Facebook page celebrating the murderers of Officer Hadar Cohen.

And shortly after the deadly attack in Jerusalem, our “peace partners” the Palestinian Authority, aka Fatah, aka the PLO, bolstered their murderous message as Mahmoud Abbas met with the families of terrorists whom he called heroes and martyrs:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday held a meeting with numerous family members of terrorist who had carried attacks against Israelis during a wave of violence which began in October of last year, according to Arab media reports.

The meeting, held just hours after a 19-year-old border policewoman was killed at Damascus Gate in the Old City, invited 11 families of “martyred sons” to the the PA president’s headquarters in Ramallah, Israeli daily Yediot Aronoth reported.

This included the family of Baha Alyan, who on October 13 boarded the number 78 Egged Bus where Armon Hanatziv and Jebl Mukaber intersect and proceeded to stab and shoot Jewish passengers. Alyan was shot dead by police and Ghanem was taken into custody.

Haim Haviv, 78, Alon Govberg, 51, and Richard Lakin, 76, were murdered, and over a dozen other passengers were seriously wounded in the attack, which rattled the nation.

The family of Ala Abu Jamal, a resident of Jabal Mukaber, was also in attendance. Jamal, 33, drove his vehicle into a group of several people waiting at a bus stop. He then exited his car with a meat cleaver and began attacking the wounded and others with the implement.

Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, was killed, apparently both from the vehicular attack and the axe wounds while two other people were seriously injured.

A major portion of blame should be laid at the feet of the person who is giving a tailwind to terror:

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8 Responses to The perverse anti-Israel reflex of the international media indicates deep moral rot

  1. Reality says:

    This morning I heard on Galei Zahal ,Emanuel Nachshon.He said that a few months ago he got a call from CBS manager after he (Nachshon)called them out on their disgusting headlines.He promised he would look into journalists who don’t report honestly!And yet here we are again.Nachshon said they may try to push here for various journalists licenses to be rescinded ,or even to disallow news outlets ,that misreport, to be granted licenses to work here.And this is NOT what they want,as Israel ,is their bread and butter.I wish they would put this into practice already,even for a short while,like 3months,in order to teach journalists a lesson.

  2. DP-PT says:

    I remember a few years ago Israel cancelled CNN’s right to broadcast on Cable TV due to its constant anti-Israeli line. I also well recall being present in the Knesset (on a working committee) when a 3-man delegation from CNN (all big-wigs) turned up to apologise to the PM in their attempt to get their ban rescinded. Israel IS a vital location for news media, who cannot afford to be absent if their competition is present. So the threat to expel foreign journalists and/or to withdraw their press credentials is a potent one, even if the culprits are their editors overseas. We should definitely use this measure once or twice. The rest will fall into line.

    • anneinpt says:

      I also remember the gov’t revoking the license of BBC journalists and/or refusing to cooperate with them. Made no difference to their coverage though.

      • DP-PT says:

        I don’t think the government did that to the BBC. I recall only Bibi boycotting them personally.

  3. According to a Pew Research Poll, 46% of Palestinians support suicide bombings:

    I wrote a short post on Mahmoud Abbas’s recent support for terrorism. If he were the leader of a Western nation, he would be forced to resign. If you would like to read it, here is the link: I am open to any helpful feedback.

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you Chris for your comment and links. Welcome to my blog!

      I read your post at your blog and it is spot on. I would only add the following caveat that you are too kind to Abbas. This is what I wrote on your blog:

      Very good analysis Christopher. Thank you for leaving this link at my own blog.

      I only have a minor quibble about Mahmoud Abbas and his endorsement of terror. This is no recent thing, as you mentioned in the post above. He has a long history of such pro-terror activity. Here he is backing kidnapping of Israelis back in 2009.

      And of course he wrote his doctoral thesis, (he received his doctorate from Moscow University), if not quite on the subject of Holocaust denial, then on the “collusion of the Zionists in the Holocaust” which if anything is worse.

      So yes, you are 100% correct that Abbas should resign or be forced to resign, but we can be quite sure that such an event will not happen.

      On the other hand, better the devil we know. After all we don’t know who will come after him, and that person might be a lot worse.

  4. Hi Anne, If you are interested, it would be great if you could add a comment to this thread:

    • anneinpt says:

      Hi Chris, Firstly I don’t have a Reddit account and secondly I simply don’t have the time to get involved in these online debates which are more circular arguments than any reasoned debate.

      In my experience those who are anti-Israel mostly (not always, there are the rare exceptions) cannot be reasoned out of opinions that they were never reasoned into, and it’s usually just a waste of time arguing with them. You can present as many facts as you wish, backed up with documentation, and you will not be able to dent their self-opinionated ignorance and self-righteous anti-Israel bigotry.

      You are a brave man for attempting to turn this tide somewhat and I wish you luck – for our sake as well as yours. You are welcome to use any of the links that you find here. You might very well be able to persuade someone to change their minds. If you look down my right sidebar, under “Resources” you will find a wealth of information on the history of Israel and the Middle East which you might find helpful.

      Good luck!

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